Calver Crescent, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 3LY

01246 472798

St Joseph's Catholic and Church of England Primary School

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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


  • Reading and storytelling with your child promotes brain development and imagination, teaches your child about language and emotions, and strengthens your relationship.
  • You don’t always need to read books. Try looking at picture books, singing rhymes and songs, or telling stories from your culture.
  • Children often enjoy books, songs and stories with good rhyme, rhythm and repetition.
  • Anytime is a good time for a book or story! Try to share at least one book or story each day.

Reading at St Joseph's

Reading is a vital and key skill, which is fundamental to functioning in today's society. In school we ensure that reading is weaved into all curriculum areas and that reading is happening daily in a range of ways. We ensure that all learning 'themes,' across all year groups, are underpinned by a quality text. We aim to encourage a love of reading, offering children daily opportunities to become immersed in a range of quality literature.

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

 Reading Books

Reading books In Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are organised into phonic phases. Your child will be assessed by the class teacher and assigned a book to take home to read.  As your child progresses through the teaching of phonics, they will be moved along the phases, you will be informed of these changes in your child's reading record (school planner). The books, which we use to support phonic acquisition and application come from Project X Phonics, Hero Academy and Alien Adventures which are all published by Oxford Reading Tree.


In Key Stage 2 the books are organised using Accelerated Reader, the children will be given a number which identifies the range of books that they may choose from. The range is identified by assessing the children. The children will be moved through the range of books. The books come from a range of schemes and authors and include fiction, non fiction and poetry.


We encourage children to record their reading in their planner and the children are given opportunities during the school day to read and change their book. 


Please ensure your child brings his or her reading book and planner to school every day.


Tips for Helping your Child with Reading at Home


-Make learning fun!

-Read as a family

-Read a good book before bed

-Reward your child with a sticker or a hug if they read their reading book

-Tell your child's class teacher the  next day how well they have done so this can be shared with the rest of the class.